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POLITICAL CRISIS IN GAMBIA





Nuran YILDIRIM –TDO-Following the declaration of a state of emergency in Gambia, the Gambian National Assembly accepted the decision allowing Jammeh, President Jammeh, who was determined not to give up his power, to remain in office for three more months.

The declaration of a state of emergency in the country is considered as the last attempt of Yahya Jammeh, who has been in power for 22 years.

Adama Barrow won 45.5 percent of the votes in the December presidential election, and won the election by passing Jammeh, which has 36.6 percent of the vote. However, Jammeh refused to leave the office, saying he did not recognize the election result.

Due to the political crisis in the country, many political officials, including foreign and economy ministers, resigned and left the country.In addition, thousands of Gambian residents flocked to neighboring countries.Due to security risk, the president-elect of the country Barrow stay in Senegal.

In this context, the planned inauguration ceremony of the president-elect of the country, Adama Barrow, on January 19th has been canceled, and it is not yet clear when Barrow will return to the country.

On the other hand, the African Union announced that they would not recognize Jammeh's leadership from January 19th. At the same time, the Union warned when his mandate expires, serious measures would be taken if people lost their lives.

However, it seems Jammeh is determined not to leave the office. Since the Gambian National Assembly accepted the decision that allowed Jammeh to remain in office for another three months.